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Lakhanpal Named One of Alabama's Top Youth Volunteers of 2018
Julie Beckwith

On April 9, 2018, at an assembly held in the Cabaniss-Kaul Center for the Arts, Tonya Brown of the Prudential Corporation presented Altamont Junior Amrita Lakhanpal with a Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished Finalist Award. This award recognized Amrita for her work with EPIC Elementary, where she raised enough money to buy more than 60 Chromebooks and taught computer coding classes.

Spirit of Community Award recipients are chosen by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The award honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. This nationwide program, now in its 23rd year, considers thousands of students each year and only selects a handful of recipients from each state. Amrita is one of only six students in Alabama to be recognized with this award.

"Prudential is proud to recognize these remarkable young people for using their energy, creativity and compassion to bring meaningful change to their communities," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. "We hope their stories inspire others to consider how they can do the same."

"These students have not only improved the lives of the people and communities they've served – they also set an important example for their peers," said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. "These honorees prove that you're never too young to make a difference."

For information on all of this year's Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit or

Congratulations Amrita!

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